History of Transportation in Claremont

The City of Claremont, Ca is a city that emerged from the construction of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1887 to connect Chicago and Los Angeles. The railroad allowed for  Eastern investment to come to California and buy land. In anticipation of a large influx of migration to Claremont, a Victorian style train station was built (Santa Fe Station), which is a historical and significant figure for the city.  Although efforts were made to make it accessible and land affordable the  anticipated boom never came and Claremont nearly became a ghost town.

It wasn’t until the Second World War when Claremont became increasingly popular place to live. The decline of the citrus industry in Claremont was in large part by housing developments. In 1954, San Bernardino Freeway made it possible for people to connect to Claremont.

What many city’s in Southern California and Claremont are facing are the transportation related issues. Many of those problems are directly related to the vision Los Angeles had before World War 2. Los Angeles’ vision of itself before World War 2 was naively utopian: “We can keep taking, keep growing, keep driving, and any problems we might encounter along the way will be easily handled by future generations.” Many of those after effects are become more apparent as we continue to develop sporadically without creating sustainable means of transportation.

Claremont is the hub of transportation in the area. Claremont’s transportation network is served by four main transportation providers, and by Foothill Transit and Metrolink. Nonetheless, the primary mode of transportation is still the automobile. A key element in creating sustainable communities is to provide alternative modes of transportation. The recent development of bicycle transit systems has emerged in the city, by Mobis Transportation, that provide a complete bicycle transit center, located in the Historic Claremont Depot in downtown, that includes a variety of services and amenities that make bicycling more secure and convenient, including bike parking, bike repairing and rental services.

 

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